3 ‘persons of interest’ being sought in O’Toole shooting

first_img…Police analysing new piece of evidenceAlmost five months after School of the Nation’s Director, Dr Bryan O’Toole was shot in his driveway in the wake of threats against his school, Police have since identified at least three “persons of interest”.Police Commissioner Leslie James (left), with School of the Nations Principal Dr Brian O’TooleIn addition, new evidence has found its way into the hands of the police, which will have to be further analysed. This is according to Police Commissioner Leslie James, who was at the time speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, hosted jointly by O’Toole and himself.However, James also revealed to the media that out of these three ‘persons of interest’, at least two have left the jurisdiction with one currently in the United States (US) and the other in an unidentified location.O’Toole noted that he did describe a possible shooter to the police. However, he said that police showed him documents showing that the individual had left the country, with James affirming that the person left the country since December 15 of last year and did not return. O’Toole maintained that he did not know the shooter personally.“We’re basically dealing with information passed to us by Dr O’Toole. He’s just given an explanation about what he saw and how his mind was operating,” James said. “What I can say, based on the information given to us, we took certain steps. We checked our internal records.”“And based on our checks, it revealed that the individual was out of the jurisdiction based on the documents that we perused. There were at least two persons we were looking at. It’s now three. This information, we’ve shared with our counterparts in the US and no stone is being left unturned in this matter.”James declined to identify who these ‘persons of interest’ are. He also did not confirm or deny that they were connected to prominent individuals in Guyana’s society, something that had been reported in sections of the media.EvidenceJames also related that Dr O’Toole has since provided the police with an audio recording of a person of interest who may have useful information for the police investigation. According to O’Toole, the recording was made weeks ago.“Dr O’Toole provided to us an audio recording. That, of course, will have to be analysed. Only yesterday it was given to us, yesterday being April 29,” James told the media. Asked about the Police Force’s capacity to analyse the recording, James declined to entertain the question.O’Toole stressed, however, that the US has to do its part in terms of helping with the investigation as the persons of interest are in that country.On January 27, O’Toole was shot three times as he was returning to his Bel Air, Georgetown residence, hours after an emergency meeting with parents and guardians about violent threats on social media to injure students and teachers of that school.last_img read more

SA’s budding biotech industry

first_img5 January 2004By international standards, South Africa’s budding biotechnology industry is small. But a national audit has found that the industry has “enormous potential” for growth and investment.The audit, funded by the department of science and technology and the Egoli BIO Life Sciences Incubator, indicates that South Africa has a “pipeline of potential new products and processes in the research and development stage”.It identifies 106 companies participating in biotechnology activities, 47 of which are classified as “core” biotechnology companies solely involved in biotech enterprises.“The fact that there are already 47 biotech companies that have established themselves with very little support gives SA the basis on which to build a much bigger industry”, Bioventures chief executive Heather Sherwin told Business Day newspaper. Bioventures is South Africa’s only biotechnology venture capital fund.The audit found that total spending on biotechnology research and development exceeded R290-million during 2002, while revenues for 48% of products and services in the local biotechnology industry came to R368-million during the same period.A global audit by Ernst & Young found that there were about 600 publicly traded biotechnology companies worldwide at the end of 2002, with a research and development expenditure of US$22-billion. The firms reported revenues of $41.3-billion.Sherwin says it is likely to be some time before local biotech firms start listing on the AltX exchange – SA’s new parallel market for small- and medium-sized companies – let alone on the JSE Securities Exchange main board. According to Sherwin, biotech companies need to have an operating profit greater than R8-million before they can list on AltX. She says only 20% of SA biotech firms have revenue in excess of R10-million.One successful biotech venture is Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences. The company specialises in the production of complex “molecular tools that help elucidate the cellular mechanisms that cause disease, enabling the development of new therapeutics.”Synexa chief executive Justin Devine says the creation of a successful biotech company is driven by passion, planned convergence of a world-class team, and products/services that hold a sustainable competitive advantage. “In the right combination, these factors will attract funding at the right time”, he says.Paul Abrahams, chief executive of eGoli BIO, says early stage financing opportunities for local biotech companies are available but are extremely limited because biotechnology is “one of the most difficult industries to understand and therefore perhaps the riskiest”.South Africa also does not currently have a network of “angel investors” – like in the United States – who have deep pockets and are prepared for high-risk and potentially high returns.The challenge, according to the audit, is to take advantage of the opportunities for the development of niche markets in which South African stakeholders can compete on a global scale.This can be facilitated by creating an “enabling environment” that allows stakeholders to maximise the benefit derived from the potential of biotechnology, while minimising the possible risks to the environment and human health.Abrahams advises biotech start-ups to:Understand the perceptions of seed capitalists.Be prepared for scepticism – SA investors are conservative.Explain the biotechnology venture fully to potential investors.Have outstanding management capabilities within the company – not only as scientists.Secure a large and growing market.Have products/services that can be bought to market to generate some income.Have technological backup to give the project a sustainable competitive advantage.Protect intellectual property.BiopadSouth Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology recently received a shot in the arm when the government allocated R250-million over two years towards the Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad).In addition, the department of science and technology allocated R400-million for the establishment of three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres, in accordance with its national biotechnology strategy. The first centre was launched in Johannesburg in March this year. The others will be in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Biopad was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Through a close relationship created between the eGoli BIO incubator, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are nurtured and prepared for commercialisation. External professionals with expertise in finances, marketing, management and business are used to assist the SMMEs.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Investigation on impact of trade agreements since 1984

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has initiated an investigation of the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements with respect to which Congress has enacted an implementing bill under trade authorities’ procedures since Jan. 1, 1984.The investigation, Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2016 Report, is required by section 105(f)(2) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. As required by the statute, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, fact-finding federal agency, will submit its report to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance by June 29, 2016. The report is the first of two required by the statute; the Commission will submit a second report in five years.The Commission’s report will cover the Uruguay Round Agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA — Canada, Mexico), and U.S. free trade agreements with Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), Israel, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Singapore.The USITC seeks input for this report from all interested parties. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on Nov. 17, 2015. Additional information is available at www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2015/er0804ll480.htm.last_img read more

More Builders Are Going Green

first_imgHomebuyers have higher expectations now than they did just a few years ago, and builders are responding with more houses that meet green building standards, a new study from Dodge Data & Analytics says.More than half of the builders surveyed expect more than 60% of the houses they build will be green by 2020, with 36% of remodelers expecting to meet the same standards in their projects by then.Although three-quarters of the builders say that meeting green standards costs at least 5% more than conventional construction, most of them think that consumers are willing to pay more for a house that uses less energy, is more durable, and has better indoor air quality.Exactly what constitutes a “green” home? As defined by the study, green building refers “specifically to homebuilding, home remodeling/renovating and land development that incorporates environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficiency, energy and water efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, and homeowner education, or projects the would comply with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard or other credible rating systems.”In other words, there’s still a lot of room for interpretation.Findings are based on an online survey of builders and remodelers as represented in the membership data base of the National Association of Home Builders. A total of 249 responses are included, from 177 single-family builders and developers, 55 single-family remodelers, and 17 multifamily firms. More reliance on renewable energyAll types of renewable energy have grown more common. In the two-year period between 2013 and 2015, the percentage of projects with photovoltaics (PV) jumped from 12% to 19%, but the real growth appears still to be in the future. Houses equipped with PV will grow to 48% of the market by 2018, builders and remodelers said, while solar hot water heating would increase to 41%, and ground-source heating equipment would rise to 52% of their projects.More than 20% of the builders surveyed said they had built a net-zero or net-zero ready home, and 58% of the builders who report 90% or more of their projects are green are doing net-zero or net-zero ready construction.The interest in renewables seems driven by practicality: while 81% of buyers 55 and older were judged to be influenced by energy efficiency, only 8% of those in that age bracket gave much weight to a reduced carbon footprint. By contrast, 12% of those aged 18-35 considered a reduced carbon footprint influential, builders said. Banking on baby boomers“Mature” homebuyers, those 55 and older, pay closer attention to energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and durability in housing than younger home buyers, the report says. But the millennial generation may eventually catch up.“The baby boomer generation is large and relatively affluent, which supports a strongergreen market currently, but there are also indications that demand may grow among millennials,” the report says.For for now, the baby boomers are in the driver’s seat. For example, 81% of buyers over the age of 36 consider energy efficiency an influential factor, compared with 70% of buyers between the ages of 18 and 35. Sixty-seven percent of those 55 or older think that a healthier indoor living environment is important, compared with 55% of those aged 36-54 and only 49% of those in the 18-to-35 age bracket. Durability? Seventy-two percent of those 55 and up think its important; 47% of the 18-to-35 year olds would agree.The relative wealth of older home buyers may help explain why builders plan more green projects in the years ahead even as more of them believe that green building costs more. In 2011, a Dodge report found that 58% of builders responding to a survey thought that green building cost at least 5% more than conventional construction. That grew to 60% in a 2014 survey, and to 77% in the most recent report.But the disparity in income between different age groups was only part of it. The study also found that older buyers had more experience with houses, and the more they knew about high-performance features the more likely they were to consider those features when making buying decisions.Builders and remodelers said that 83% of home buyers would be willing to spend more for a healthier home, and the number of buyers willing to spend 5% to 10% more for a green home rose from 26% in 2011 to 33% this year. Still, costs remain a concern.“The issue of cost must be addressed by the industry in order to see the full potential of the green market achieved,” the authors said, “especially as consumers have the expectation that a new home is green and therefore may not be willing to pay a premium for that level of performance.”last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Energy Is Critical

first_imgThere is one critical ingredient necessary to hustling and producing. If you have this ingredient (and many don’t), you will have a distinct competitive advantage. If you are lacking it, you will quickly find yourself among the non-hustlers. That one ingredient is energy.Physical EnergyYou need physical energy to hustle. Your capacity for work is determined by how much energy you have. The more energy you have, the greater your potential for work.Some hustlers are born hard-wired with endless physical energy. They have what seems like an never-ending power supply that allows them go longer than almost anyone else. You’re lucky if you are one of them.Most hustlers have to be smarter and manage their energy. They have to focus on creating a system for creating and recovering physical energy. They manage their diet, their exercise, their sleep, and their stress. The strict discipline they apply to their lifestyle is an insurance policy they take to make certain they have the physical energy to produce.Non-hustlers lack energy. They move slow and accomplish little because they lack the physical energy necessary to do better.Mental and Emotional EnergyThere is another kind of energy you need if you are going to hustle (and if you are here, you are going to hustle, aren’t you?). That is emotional energy.It takes mental energy to think. Thinking well is the hardest work you will ever do. The very act of hustling presents you with hundreds of challenges, problems, obstacles, and roadblocks. Whatever your business is, you have to find a way to produce results when those results are difficult to produce. Mental energy is what allows you to find a way where there are no maps, no directions, and no clear path before you.You need emotional energy too. While you are building your dream, you are going to experience setbacks. There are going to be times when your world is turned upside down or when you go backwards. Your emotional energy is what allows you to move forward. Hustling requires that you manage your emotional state.The non-hustler lacks the mental and emotional energy necessary to hustle (even though they could develop it if they chose to).Energy is the currency of hustling, not money. Manage your physical, mental, and emotional states so you can manage your energy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

OSG Completes SplitUp of Its Businesses

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed tanker owner and operator Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) has completed the previously announced separation of the company into two independent, publicly traded companies – Overseas Shipholding Group and International Seaways (INSW). Earlier this year, OSG filed a registration statement on Form 10 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the firm’s plan to separate its international and domestic businesses.“Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for OSG. We are now a more sharply focused company with a leading and diversified position in the Jones Act market,” Sam Norton, OSG’s SVP & President and CEO of the U.S. Flag Strategic Business Unit, said, adding that the move will allow the company to leverage its operating franchise and strong balance sheet to address growth opportunities and drive shareholder value.On November 30, 2016, 100 percent of the shares of International Seaways were distributed to OSG shareholders and warrant holders. OSG shareholders received 0.3333 shares of International Seaways common stock for every one share of OSG common stock held on November 18, 2016, the record date for the spin-off.For each OSG warrant held on the record date, OSG warrant holders received 0.3333 shares of INSW common stock for every one share of OSG common stock they would have received if they exercised those warrants immediately prior to the distribution date. OSG shareholders and warrant holders received cash in lieu of any fractional shares, the company said.International Seaways common stock will begin “regular way” trading on the NYSE under the symbol “INSW” on December 1, 2016, according to OSG.OSG’s fleet consists of 24 vessels – eight Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs), two lightering ATBs, three shuttle tankers, nine MR tankers, and two non-Jones Act MR tankers that participate in the US Maritime Security Program.last_img read more

Jon Zeff The BBCs governing body the BBC Trust

first_imgJon ZeffThe BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has appointed culture department veteran Jon Zeff as director of the Trust, replacing Nicholas Kroll who is due to retire from the BBC in June.Zeff is currently on the board of the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), where his responsibilities include leading the department’s work on broadband, spectrum and telecommunications issues.He was previously director of media, responsible for policy and programmes across the media and creative industries, and had a leading role in the Digital Economy Act 2010, led the last BBC charter review and oversaw planning for UK’s digital switchover.Zeff first joined DCMS in 1998 following spells in the Departments of Trade and Industry, and Employment.“Jon is a highly experienced public servant who understands both the values of public service broadcasting and the policy issues surrounding broadcasting as a whole in the years ahead. All of us at the Trust are delighted that he has accepted our offer to become the next director and we look forward to working with him and to his leadership of the Trust unit,” said BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten.Kroll is due to retire from the BBC aged 60, having serviced successively as director of governance and director of the BBC Trust since 2004.last_img read more

Toxicologists and pharmacologists meet at international conference in Adelaide

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 27 2018Experts will meet to discuss the latest discoveries in drugs and how best to use existing ones as effectively and safely as possible, at an international conference in Adelaide this week (27-30 November).The annual conference of the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) brings over 300 delegates from around Australia, New Zealand, the US, Europe and Asia. The University of Adelaide is a major sponsor of the conference.”Our conference will address the theme Innovation in therapeutics: Fundamental research to clinical impact, says Dr Ian Musgrave, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Adelaide Medical School, the University of Adelaide and one of the local organisers of the conference.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryRevolutionary cancer drugs that target any tumor to be fast-tracked into hospitals by NHSTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue research”ASCEPT members from Adelaide and around the world will discuss new research findings and how to translate these findings into best practise.”As well as an impressive line-up of innovative researchers from Adelaide and Australia, the conference will host several international speakers who will share their expertise with us,” says Dr Musgrave.Professor Andrew Somogyi from the University of Adelaide will explain how ketamine – normally used as an anaesthetic – has the potential to be used in the treatment of severe depression.Professor Daria Mochly-Rosen, Stanford University, USA, will speak on the challenges of translating new discoveries in science and technology into novel treatments and therapeutics to address key health problems.Professor Steven Charlton, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK, will outline recent efforts to measure drug concentrations within cells and how this influences the effectiveness of drugs.Dr John Thompson, National Poisons Information Service, UK, will speak about the increasing number of new recreational drugs appearing on the market over the last few years, the challenges of detecting these compounds and treating their adverse effects.Professor Andrew McLachlan, the University of Sydney’s School of Pharmacy, will explain how pain is a multidimensional health condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach to find effective solutions.”For four days Adelaide will be the focus on the dissemination of the latest thinking in the uses, effects, and modes of action of drugs,” says Dr Musgrave. Source:https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news103742.htmllast_img read more

VVIP chopper scam ED moves HC challenging bail to alleged defence dealer

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 19:08 IST Enforcement Directorate on May 22 had filed a supplementary charge sheet against Mohan Gupta. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSED approached the Delhi HC on Wednesday challenging the bail granted to Sushen Mohan GuptaHe is an alleged defence agent who was arrested in a money laundering case related to AgustaWestland scamThe ED has challenged the June 1 order of a trial court which granted bail to GuptaEnforcement Directorate approached the Delhi High Court on Wednesday challenging the bail granted to Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in a money laundering case related to AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.The plea is likely to be heard on Thursday by Justice Sunil Gaur.The ED has challenged the June 1 order of a trial court which granted bail to Gupta, arrested by the agency on March 26 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.The trial court had granted him relief on a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh and two sureties of the like amount.It had put various conditions on the accused, including that he would not tamper with the evidence and not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission.ED had opposed the bail plea saying that the probe was at an initial stage and the accused may flee from justice, hampering the investigation, if granted the relief.Gupta’s counsel had submitted that the accused had always cooperated with the investigation and will be available as and when required by the probe agency as he has deep roots in India.The agency on May 22 had filed a supplementary charge sheet against Gupta.According to the ED, Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajeev Saxena, who turned approver after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.ALSO READ | Robert Vadra seeks more time in Delhi HC to reply to ED’s plea against anticipatory bailALSO READ | Robert Vadra praises Rahul Gandhi for being a youth iconALSO WATCH | Image of the day: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma VVIP chopper scam: ED moves HC challenging bail to alleged defence dealerEnforcement Directorate on Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court challenging the bail granted to Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent who was arrested in a money laundering case related to AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scamadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Anwar meets Dr M discusses Penang fishermens grouses over PSR

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr M: Govt to look into fishermen’s grouses over Penang reclamation project Nation 05 Jul 2019 Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim met with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya on Friday (July 12) and discussed Penang fishermen’s grouses over the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.On his Facebook page, Anwar described the project as a “mega project that has impacted the lives of the fishermen”.”The project has a large impact on the environment and the lives of the fishermen,” said Anwar.He added that he had conveyed the fishermen’s wishes to meet with Dr Mahathir over the issue.center_img The PSR project involves the development of three man-made islands with a total size of over 1,800ha, with parts of the islands to be put up for sale.The proceeds from the sales would then be used to fund projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), a RM49bil mega project aimed at solving traffic congestion on the state’s island side.Prior to this, a large group of fishermen from various associations from Penang and Perak staged a protest against the PSR project and the sand mining project in Perak.In their joint-memorandum, the group expressed disappointment and questioned the speedy approval of PSR’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the Department of Environment (DoE) on July 5 – less than a month after the feedback submissions deadline.The group said several non-governmental organisations and technical experts had submitted separate feedback letters to the DoE on why the project should proceed.”Instead of upholding the importance of public participation, the DoE’s treatment of the EIA process ignored valid concerns and objections, as if the public does not deserve any explanation,” said the memorandum.The memorandum was submitted to Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.It was reported that the Penang state government had assured that it would go through the conditions of approval for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report before holding another meeting with the state’s fishermen association.Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the meeting with the association would discuss the compensation package for the fishermen, which was among the conditions stipulated for approval of the EIA.Note: This article has been amended to reflect the actual details of the meeting. Corporate News 05 Jul 2019 UOB Kay Hian cautious about Penang South Reclamation project Related Newslast_img read more